Have you ever needed to add a mate to that one particular face which is hidden behind other components? You’ve probably rotated around, zoomed in, used Select Other, perhaps hid some components (try hovering over a component and hit Tab!), or maybe used the useful Isolate command.
SOLIDWORKS 2016 introduces the Component Preview Window that might be just the trick you were looking for.
How to activate the Component Preview Window
Simply pick on the component that’s difficult to select and choose the Component Preview Window tool from the pop-up menu.
This will now split your graphics area vertically and isolate the component you selected so you can zoom in and find that pesky face. Just select the faces and add your mates. Then click “Exit Preview” to return to a single screen with just the assembly displayed.
More SOLIDWORKS 2016 Tips
To learn more about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2016 software you can review other SOLIDWORKS 2016 update posts here. You might also consider attending a SOLIDWORKS Advanced Update course where you can learn how to obtain new SOLIDWORKS skills. Learn more about our Update Training.